DOD identifies Army, Air Force casualties

Left: Air Force Staff Sgt. Marshal D. Roberts. Right: Spec. * Juan Miguel Mendez Covarrubias. (Courtesy photographs)

The Department of Defense announced March 13 the death of two service members who were supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.

Both service members died, along with a British Army soldier, March 11, 2020, when their units were engaged by enemy indirect fire at Camp Taji, Iraq.  The incident is under investigation.

The deceased are:
— Army Spec. * Juan Miguel Mendez Covarrubias, 27, of Hanford, Calif.
— Air Force Staff Sgt. Marshal D. Roberts, 28, of Owasso, Okla.

Mendez Covarrubias was assigned to 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

Roberts was assigned to the 219th Engineering Installation Squadron, Oklahoma Air National Guard.
*Indicates posthumous promotion

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